Community, clergy call for justice after fatal shooting of Bed-Stuy church member

Community and faith leaders, local officials and family members gathered Tuesday to demand answers after a Bed-Stuy parishioner was shot and killed.

News 12 Staff

Sep 1, 2020, 9:14 PM

Updated 1,355 days ago

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Community and faith leaders, local officials and family members gathered Tuesday to demand answers after a Bed-Stuy parishioner was shot and killed. 
"There is no justice without safety and there’s no safety without justice,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. 
Police say 62-year-old Edward James was shot outside of the Glorious Church of God in Christ on Monday. 
They say it happened at the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Halsey Street just after 5 p.m. 
Community members demanded a comprehensive plan from the city to stop the ongoing violence and called for guns to be taken off of the streets. 
"It is unbelievable how comfortable we have become to losing the lives of Black and brown people in the city,” said Adams. 
Friends and family said he was an asset to the church and a caretaker. They added that he had reformed his life through the church. 
"They call him the mayor of the street because he not only helped here, but anyone he could help, he helped,” a church member told News 12. 
NYPD Assistant Chief Judith Harrison says residents deserve better and that there will be justice. 
"Churches are where people come to pray, our churches should not be places where people get shot,” said Harrison. 
Harrison says they have identified the suspect but do not have him in custody at this time.


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